Just when you think you've got it beat....   |   Saturday, April 21, 2012

Marcella has heard a Doctor say those dreaded words, "cancer" THREE times now. After a routine mammogram, she was originally diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2009. Enduring surgery and chemotherapy, she felt like she was in the clear, but not so. Just about a year later in 2010, cancer was found in the remaining breast. Again, going through surgery and more chemotherapy, she felt for sure she was going to beat this! But, just when she began to feel comfortable that the cancer was finally gone, more was found in her chest wall this spring. Currently, dealing with more chemotherapy and the prospect of upcoming surgery in May to remove much of the chest wall, she remains positive. But Marcella knows what it's like to fight. Fleeing an abusive relationship as a young mother, she left with the three kids and has managed to raise them all alone, fighting for every opportunity for them and herself.
"I fight and do what I need to do."
Marcella doesn't have much choice. She's 50 years old and is now raising 3 grandchildren AND works full time. She says she has to STAY STRONG. Having lost her sister to breast cancer in 1993, she is confident that she'll beat the cancer. "I have a good support system", she says. She also wants other women to "be their own advocate" when it comes to treatment and making your needs known. "You've got to continue your life.... cancer's not going to take over my life. I'm going to win." She really enjoyed her photo session and especially the make-up application at Douglas J. "They even put falsh eyelashes on me! Mine are gone."

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Anonymous Gwen Philpott-Brunson said...

Marcella is one of the strongest black women I know. She has not let breast cancer stop her. She got her foster care license so that she could keep her youngest grandchild out of the system. She also has guaridship of her other two grandchildren while her daughter is serving her 12th year in the Navy. She will never stop fighting. God has your back and I've got you on both side.

Your friend and sister in Christ,

April 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you Marcella!! You are a true hero!! I'm blessed to know you. You have taught me to fight for what I want in life.......and that when you think a day is bad....it can always be worse!!!! Keep fighting girl!!! And kiss those grand babies for me :)

April 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM  

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